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    Dr. Drosselmeyer played by Ron Cunningham with Columbine Doll played by Kaori Higashiyama in The Sacramento Ballet's production of, "The Nutcracker."

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    Downtown Sacramento ice rink

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Bee Critic Picks: The best things to do

Published: Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5TICKET



'The Nutcracker'

What: It's your last chance to catch the Sacramento Ballet's production of the classic holiday show, choregraphed by co-artistic director Ron Cunningham. Follow Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they journey through the snowflake forest to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Where: Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento

When: 7 p.m. today; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday , and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $18-$75

Information: (916) 808-5181,



Ice skating

What: If you don't mind a little slipping and sliding, head to the Downtown Sacramento ice rink. This outdoor skating rink, open through Jan. 21, has been around since 1991 as a holiday attraction. Skating starts when the rink opens, and then sessions continue every two hours. Each session is 1 hour and 45 minutes, followed by a quick Zamboni sweep in between. You can rent your skates or bring your own. You can even rent socks and gloves.

Where: 701 K St., Sacramento

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, daily through Jan. 21.

Cost: $8 general, $2 skate rental, $2 lockers, gloves and socks; free admission and $2 skate rental for children under 4.

Information: (916) 442-5563 (call for rink conditions),



'White Christmas'

What: Sure, you can see this Bing Crosby-Danny Kaye musical on an endless loop on television this holiday season, but it doesn't compare with seeing it in a movie house on the big screen. Get into the holiday spirit listening to the songs of Irving Berlin, including "White Christmas." The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and co-stars Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

When: 7:30 p.m. today; 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday

Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento

Cost: $9.50 general, $6 senior, children and matinee

Information: (800) 225-2277,




What: From teddy bears to polar bears, the Discovery Museum focuses on the bear essentials. The bear corner displays skulls, skins, claws and teeth. Kids from 4 to 12 years old can make bear crafts. A "Three Bears" play will be performed at noon and 2 p.m. this weekend only.

When: 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. museum hours, 12:30-4 p.m.for activities

Where: Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento

Cost: $8 general, $6 seniors (60+), $6 teens (13-17), $5 children (4-12), free for children 3 and under

Information: (916) 808-3942,




What: The original members of X – John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, DJ Bonebrake – reunite for their fourth X-mas tour. The punkers exploded on the L.A. punk scene more than three decades ago. Bonebrake on the band's website said X sounds better and tighter than it did 30 years ago. Opening for X is My Jerusalem.

When: 6:30 p.m. doors open

Where: Ace of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento

Cost: $32.50

Information: (916) 930-0220,

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